SLVSA05B August 2009 – August 2015 TPS61086
For all switching power supplies, the layout is an important step in the design, especially at high peak currents and high switching frequencies. If the layout is not carefully done, the regulator could show stability problems as well as EMI problems. Therefore, use wide and short traces for the main current path and for the power ground tracks. The input capacitor, output capacitor, and the inductor should be placed as close as possible to the IC. Use a common ground node for power ground connecting to the PGND terminal and a different one for control ground connecting to the AGND terminal to minimize the effects of ground noise. Connect these ground nodes at the PGND terminal of the IC. The most critical current path for all boost converters is from the switching FET, through the rectifier diode, then the output capacitors, and back to ground of the switching FET. Therefore, the output capacitors and their traces should be placed on the same board layer as the IC and as close as possible between the IC's SW and PGND terminal.